I am all about parenting hacks! All sorts of hacks that make life easier. When we have kids we often find ourselves trying to do more than one thing at a time, often with limited time. Some may say it is being lazy, others may say it is clever. Personally I am the latter!
I have used a lot of these hacks and they have made life so much easier, hopefully they will help you!
Use earbuds to clean the straws of sippy cups. I wish I had thought of this sooner. Sippy cup straws get nasty so quickly, even when you remove them and try to clean them. Using earbuds is an ingenious idea.
Put a rectangular washing basket in the bath to prevent slipping and toys floating away. This is such a clever idea, perfect for little ones. It helps to keep their toys nearby keeping them entertained for a little longer.
Place tape over bedroom and bathroom doors to prevent your child from locking themselves in. The girls bedroom door handle is broken on the one side, so you can open it from the inside but not the outside. The other night Emma decided she as going to bed, in her own bed and closed the door and fell asleep. When Kiara went upstairs she obviously couldn’t get in, so this would have been a very handy hack had I thought of it.
Use a cupcake case to prevent lollipop spills. My kids love those sugary lollipops but they are so messy, especially now that it is so hot. If you pop a cupcake case under the lollipop, it will help minimize the mess.
Blow up a pool and put it in the living room, throw some toys inside and instant play pen. At the moment it is almost too hot to be outside during a large part of the day which means kids get rather frustrated. If you have a blow up pool, throw the water out and move it to the lounge, pop some toys in and let your little one play.
Pool noodles. Pool noodles are such useful things to have, not just for swimming. You can use them to help when you transition your toddler from cot to bed. Cut them in half length ways and place over sharp edges or over the side of a cot to prevent your little one chewing on the page.
Cut a large sticker in half and place one half in the left shoe and one in the right shoe. Isn’t this a clever idea? It makes figuring out which shoes go on which feet easy for little ones.
Rotate toys. I have started doing this with my kids. They never play with all their toys, so pack away some of them and then rotate them every few weeks.
Use a big sheet on the beach. I saw this parenting hack a while ago and it is so clever. Beach visits are fun except for the sand, right? If you take a large sheet, anchor it in the four corners and pull up the sides – makes for a lovely sand free space.
Fabric paint under socks stops slipping. We have had many slips thanks to socks! Painting the underside of your toddlers socks with fabric paint will prevent toddlers slipping.
Can you add any parenting hacks to these? Have you used any of these for your toddler?